NV Public Utilities Commission Violates Their Own ADA Accommodation
Federal requirements for ADA accommodations being cherry picked by NV PUC.
“Well, we received a request from a member of the public to ask the commission to ask visitors if they could refrain from using fragrances and other scented products,” says Peter Kostes with Nevada's PUC.
Signs will greet you at the entrance to the building, requesting as a courtesy to others to not wear scented products.
Kostes says meetings occur in this room just about every day, so the courtesy request is in place Monday through Friday during regular business hours.”
Things were going fairly smoothly until the public opposed the PUC’s legislative bill, that would give the PUC the ability to have no caps on their salaries.
The PUC’s General Counsel, Carolyn Tanner has decided that only certain public meetings would have the accommodation enacted.
When recently requested that attendees be notified, Tanner concertedly ignored the request and the disabled Nevadan had to notify over three dozen attendees of this request.
Another complaint has been filed with the NV Attorney General’s Office over this issue under Nevada’s Open Meeting Law, with a formal US Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights (USDOJOCR) being filed in July.
Nevada which is trying to attract visitors and entice businesses has also violated the ADA by their failure to have in place FEMA Emergency Protocols. A complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s Office over this, with a July 3rd deadline or another complaint to the (USDOJOCR).
They were also notified that there were two other federal district lawsuits filed in Los Angeles and New York City for the same issue. Both federal Judges ruled in favor of the disabled and ordered that they have protocols enacted covering all disabilities.
Angel De Fazio